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Is sleeping on stomach bad for someone's sciatica?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Sleeping on stomach causes back extension which increases stress on facet joints and closes foramen this can put more pressure on nerve roots and increase back and leg pain.
Dr. William Newton
Pain Management 19 years experience
Position of comfort: Lying on the back with pillows under the knees and/or lying on the side with a pillow between the knees are often the best positions when dealing with back pain or sciatica. Unfortunately once you fall asleep you will have no control over how you are positioned.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Can Be Bad: Usually stomach sleeping is not helpful for sciatica pain. Recommend sleeping on side with 1-2 pillows between legs or sleeping on back with legs raised up with 2-3 pillows under them.

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